Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and love is in the air in the heart of SC. If you haven’t made any plans yet for you and your significant other, no worries. Whether you’re an outdoorsy type of couple or homebodies, we have some ideas on how you can spend this special day that are tailored to you.

For the Outdoorsy Couple

If you enjoy spending quality in the great outdoors, then Cupid’s arrow is pointing you toward South Carolina’s only National Park. As the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the U.S., Congaree National Park is the perfect place for hiking and spotting wildlife with your boo. If the weather’s nice, pack a romantic picnic to share. If you’re looking for something hands on, check out PlantHouse, where they have a number of Valentine's Day inspired workshops over the next few weeks. Check out their Valentine's Day Floral Wreath Workshops and Succulents & Sweethearts Workshop, and let love bloom this Valentine's Day!

For the Artsy Couple

If you’re an art lover, you’re in luck because art abounds in the capital city. Spend the afternoon perusing the Columbia Museum of Art or be your own tour guide and explore the city with our public art tour. When you’re done, head on over to Goat's for drinks, where local art graces the walls.

For the Craft-Beer Lovin’ Couple

There are plenty of spots where you’ll find cold, locally-crafted brews in Columbia, SC. So why choose just one? Check out our beer trail guide and plan a self-guided tour through some of the best breweries and taprooms around town. What could go better with beer than chocolate for a V-Day celebration? On February 12th, River Rat Brewery is teaming up with Evolution Through Chocolate to put on a Chocolate Beer Pairing from 2 to 6 pm. 

For the Couple Who Wants to Get Dressed Up

We love any excuse to get dressed to the nines and hit the town for a night out. If that’s your vibe, plan to celebrate the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. Start with Lula Drake on Main Street for some fine wine and small bites before making your way over to the Capital City Club for their Valentine's Day Dinner.

For the Couple Would Rather Stay in Than Go Out

Just because you want to stay in, doesn't mean you have to miss out of the fun. Instead of a night out on the town, cozy up for a night at Hotel Trundle, where you'll be met with a complimentary drink upon check-in. Once you're settled, swing by The Gourmet Shop in Five Points to pick up all the fixings you’ll need to create the perfect charcuterie board and some wine from their extensive collection. If craft beer is more your speed, create your own 6-pack to share from Craft & Draft on Devine Street. Then, order dinner out from your favorite local restaurant of choice.